OTL: Episode #423- Chicago Jazz Magazine, Aldertrack, Allegory Handcrafted Goods

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Jazz hands” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, learns about a way to track the upcoming municipal election, and gets the lowdown on a locally-based company doing some incredible handcrafted artistry for our everyday lives.   Mike Jeffers– Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine and ChicagoJazz.com We discuss the future of Jazz in Chicago and hear the story of how Mike became one of the most important figures in the local Jazz scene.  Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers with a copy of Chicago Jazz Magazine.   Mike Fourcher and Jimm Dispensa– Creators of Aldertrack.com All 50 Chicago alderman and the mayor are up for election in February.  We find out about a great one-stop-shop for all Chicago political information during this election season.   Chad Schumacher–Founder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods After Chad and his wife lost their day jobs during the recession, they began to produce quality handcrafted goods for use in our everyday lives.  We learn about the company and their new Kickstarter campaign underway now.  Mike Stephen holds the Macana bag while talking to Chad Schumacher in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   OTL #423 local music provided by The Safes…

OTL: Episode #422- Sounds of Faith, How Do We Sing? web series, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “music to my ears” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen previews the Sounds of Faith performance at U of C’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, learns about a new locally-produced web series for kids, and gets the details on a south-suburban band that never quite made it to the big time.   Elizabeth Davenport– Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago We get a preview of the Sounds of Faith taking place at the chapel and learn about the wonderful music performances that take place there.  Rockefeller Memorial Chapel   Jarod Facknitz and Erin Flynn– Creators of How Do We Sing? These employees of The Old Town School of Folk Music have created a new web series for kids that features original music.  We get the details on this unique series. Mike Stephen talks to Erin and Jarod in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band Midnight in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.   OTL #422 local music provided by My My My…

OTL: Episode #421- Homeroom 101 Series, Can biology determine future criminals?, Local politics roundup with Mick Dumke

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “this is your homeroom” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen previews the Homeroom 101 series on online privacy, discusses the role of biology in determining future violent criminals, and analyzes how the recent elections will affect our communities.   Seth Vanek– Program Director, Homeroom We learn about this local resource for creative Chicagoans and preview their latest event: Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation at The Hungry Brain bar in Roscoe Village on 11/11/14.     Dr. Adrian Raine– Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, & Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Raine will be speaking at Dominican University in River Forest on 11/13/14 about “The Anatomy of Violence.”  He tells us about his research in documenting brain impairments in adolescent and adult offenders. Dr. Adrian Raine   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader We get a recap of how the results from Tuesday’s election affect us in our communities from one of the best political reporters in Chicago. Mike Stephen listens to Mick Dumke’s analysis of the recent election.   OTL #421 local music provided by Aly Jados…

OTL: Episode #420- Hollaback Chicago, Loving science with the IL Science Council, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “science rulez” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about local efforts to combat street harassment, discusses the cool work of the Illinois Science Council, and gets the details on a local band that never quite made it to the big time.   Katie Davis– Site Director, Hollaback Chicago Street harassment has a lasting impact on victims.  We learn about this organization that aims to combat street harassment in Chicago.     Monica Metzler– Founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Science Council This local non-profit seeks to keep alive our fascination with science.  We get the scoop on this cool organization and preview their Science of a Cocktail Party event on November 15th.     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band Men in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.     OTL #420 local music provided by Gerald Dowd…